2021 Balancing Act Shiraz
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Just announced: GOLD MEDAL – 2021 2 Mates Shiraz

WINE SHOWCASE MAGAZINE – New Release Tasting Awards

The best of McLaren Vale in a bottle. 

Each year we select grapes from a handful of McLaren Vale vineyards.

But thanks to Mother Nature, each vintage varies just a little. So begins our enjoyable annual challenge to create “the perfect Shiraz”.

Not a whim of nature, but the will of the winemakers – and that’s why we have called our 2021 vintage “Balancing Act”.


“Big black fruits, long legs, luscious tannins, pepper and spice, with a long velvety chocolate finish.”

The 2 Mates Story

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18 years ago, over a big drink in a small bar late one night it Italy, we decided that when we returned to Australia we would attempt to make “our” perfect Shiraz.



Naturally our wives were somewhat sceptical. However, we convinced them with our cunning logic – “If we don’t sell it, we can always drink it”. They were on board immediately.

That’s how the 2 Mates story started and it has been an enjoyable journey ever since. And we now have a large gathering of “mates” from all around Australia and elsewhere who believe that we got it right.

Our wives shouldn’t have worried after all.


We are now onto vintage number 16.

Along the way, we have picked up various awards, medals and gongs – plus some strong reviews from leading Australian wine critics. We have certainly learned a lot about what technically makes a great wine. However, the one thing we have known all along is that a great wine is really about the friends you share it with.

That’s the essence of 2 Mates. Always share it with a mate or two.

“Buy direct at mates rates.”


After all, what are mates for? 12 bottles of first-class 2 Mates Shiraz delivered free anywhere in Australia for just $390.

We're talking serious savings.

Normal RRP $430 per case plus delivery.

  • For orders or enquiries, send Mark an email at mvenable@bigpond.net.au
  • Or complete this Order Form.
  • 2 Mates bank details – Two Mates, BSB 105900, Account Number 162108640

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